Houston Health Department, agency partners to provide free COVID-19 tests across Houston
CitizensNet: Houston Health Department, agency partners to provide free COVID-19 tests across Houston | 05-24-2020
The Houston Health Department and its agency
partners will set up new sites offering free COVID-19 tests for the week of May 26, 2020.
Texas Division of Emergency Management
The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the department will open two drive-thru test sites:
- Kingwood Park Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood, May 26 – 27
- Sagemont Church Annex, 11600 Hughes Road, May 28 – 30.
United Memorial Medical Center
United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will open a new drive-thru and walk-up test site at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market Street. UMMC will continue to offer drive-thru testing at its site at Houston Community College-Southeast, 6815 Rustic.
Each site will open May 26-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 250 tests. The sites don’t require people to have symptoms or appointments.
People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com.
Kroger Health and the health department will operate a free drive-thru test site at the Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont Drive, May 26-30.
The site requires appointments by visiting krogerhealth.com/covidtesting. It will open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 175 tests.
Houston Health Department
The department will continue to operate two free drive-thru COVID-19 community-based testing sites open to anyone, regardless of symptoms. Each site has capacity for 500 tests per day and opens daily until capacity is reached.
People can call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220 between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive an access code and directions to the nearest site.
New days of operation for the sites beginning Tuesday, May 26, are Monday through Saturday. The sites will close on Sundays beginning May 31.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
The health department is providing test kits, lab access and equipment to four local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. The centers and phone numbers people can call to set up testing appointments are:
- Spring Branch Community Health Center, 713-462-6565
- El Centro de Corazon, 713-660-1880
- Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, 713-426-0027 and
- Lone Star Circle of Care at the University of Houston, 346-348-1200.
FQHC patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.
The department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Houstonians should visit
HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston test sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.